NFL Gamecock Roundup: Mike Davis Out with Fractured Hand

-Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network is reporting that San Francisco 49ers running back Mike Davis fractured his hand in the team's embarrassing loss to the St. Louis Rams, and doesn't have a timetable for a return. While the Niners have signed Pierre Thomas to bolster their ranks after Reggie Bush tore his ACL and Carlos Hyde suffered a stress fracture in his foot, Davis would still be the high man if he returned before either player. It may be for his own safety, though, to sit out the rest of this snake-bitten season the Niners are going through.

-Despite the Houston Texans being 3-5 and playing no better than their record indicates, they are still tied for first place in the hideous AFC South. For all the mockery that such a dubious honor draws, cornerback Johnathan Joseph sees it for what it is: a ticket to the playoffs. 

“At the end of the day, we’re just blessed to be sitting where we are right now,” Joseph told the Houston Chronicle. “We have a chance to do something special.” It's true that the Texans ended last season with a good pace, winning four of their last five games, so it's not out of the question that the Texans are building towards something better this year. Joseph knows, however, that there's still plenty of ball left to be played. 

“Sitting where we are right now, we’re in a position where we can control what we do at the end of the year,” Joseph said. “I think we have to keep that in mind and just take it one game at a time.”.

-Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, as usual, had some quotes of his own, but one in particular is making the rounds in a big way. Perhaps unfortunately for the Vikings, however, the Munnerlyn quote is one that pays compliment to the hottest running back in the league (and a familiar Gamecock foe): Todd Gurley. Munnerlyn outright told reporters that Gurley is "Adrian Peterson all over again." It's definitely an eye-catching quote, and the NFL itself was kind enough to share it with everyone on Twitter.

I guess it's a good thing that the Vikings have the real Peterson on their side, because this is going to be the running back battle of the season, no question.

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Player Team Pos. #
Antonio Allen+ New York Jets S 48
Rory Anderson+ San Francisco 49ers TE 48
Jasper Brinkley New York Giants LB 54
Damiere Byrd* Carolina Panthers WR 70
A.J. Cann Jacksonville Jaguars G 60
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans OLB 90
Jared Cook St. Louis Rams TE 89
Chris Culliver Washington Redskins S 29
Justice Cunningham St. Louis Rams TE/FB 4
Mike Davis+ San Francisco 49ers RB 20
Patrick DiMarco Atlanta Falcons FB 42
Bruce Ellington San Francisco 49ers WR 10
Clifton Geathers+ Pittsburgh Steelers DE 98
Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills CB 24
Melvin Ingram San Diego Chargers OLB 54
Lemuel Jeanpierre Seattle Seahawks OL 61
Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears WR 17
T.J. Johnson Cincinnati Bengals C 60
Johnathan Joseph Houston Texans CB 24
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
Ronald Patrick Cleveland Browns OL 70
Corey Robinson Detroit Lions OT 70
Connor Shaw+ Cleveland Browns QB 9
Darian Stewart Denver Broncos S 26
Ryan Succop Tennessee Titans K 4
D.J. Swearinger Tampa Bay Buccaneers S 36
Devin Taylor Detroit Lions DE 98
Dylan Thompson* San Francisco 49ers QB 13